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ATHENS — A husband and wife died early Thursday morning when their Crawford County home caught fire in Athens Township. 

A known 72-year-old man and a known 74-year-old woman perished in the blaze that occurred at 18737 Shauberger Road, Centerville, at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, according to troopers from the Corry barracks of Pennsylvania State Police. 

The names of the deceased had not been released as of press time. 

State police at Corry were notified of the fatal fire at the married couple's home. Firefighters had arrived at the scene and located the man deceased inside the residence, according to a news release from PSP Corry. 

Police said the man's wife could not be located at that time due to the residence becoming fully engulfed in flames. 

By the time the fire was completely suppressed, most of the home had collapsed into the basement, according to the news release. 

Heavy equipment was brought in to excavate the debris and the woman's body was discovered at about 11 a.m. Thursday and removed from the wreckage. 

Firefighters from at least eight departments responded to the scene, including Corry Fire Department, Spartansburg Volunteer Fire Department and Union City Volunteer Fire Co. 

Also responding were Centerville Volunteer Fire Department, Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Department, Hydetown Volunteer Fire Department and Townsville Volunteer Fire Department. 

In addition to PSP Corry, the state police's fire marshal's unit and Crawford County Coroner were also present at the scene. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

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